Health & Medicine Book Reviews

DREAMLAND by Sam Quinones
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 21, 2015

"A compellingly investigated, relentlessly gloomy report on the drug distribution industry."
Discouraging, unflinching dispatches from America's enduring opiate-abuse epidemic. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"A graceful, perceptive rendering of a misunderstood condition."
A child born with albinism inspires a concerned mother to uncover its genetic origins. Read full book review >

THE NURSES by Alexandra Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers."
An intimate look at the lives of nurses. Read full book review >
SHRINKS by Jeffrey A. Lieberman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Vastly edifying and vigorously written—a much-needed update on how far the psychiatric industry has come, both medically and from a public perception standpoint."
An intelligent, encouraging survey of the psychiatric industry. Read full book review >
LESS MEDICINE, MORE HEALTH by H. Gilbert Welch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 3, 2015

"Welch's engaging style and touches of humor make this an easy read, and the facts he presents make a convincing case."
A bright, lively discussion of the excesses of medical care to which patients often unwittingly go due to certain false assumptions. Read full book review >

THRIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN by Sean Meshorer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A positive, open-minded, and practical overview."
A comprehensive guide to living with constant pain. Read full book review >
Yearning for Normal by Susan Ellison Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A moving, intelligent examination of raising a child with a disability."
A nurse tells her personal story of having a child with a severe genetic disorder. Read full book review >
CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies."
Award-winning journalist Hari's multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day. Read full book review >
THE EVIL HOURS by David J. Morris
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An eye-opening investigation of war's casualties."
An exploration of the enduring human cost of war. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO COULDN'T STOP by David Adam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Well-researched, witty, honest and irreverent, Adam's account proves as irresistible as his subject."
An engrossing first-person study of obsessive-compulsive disorder from within and without. Read full book review >
THE PATIENT WILL SEE YOU NOW by Eric Topol
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An expertly detailed, precisely documented exploration of the 'power of information and individualization' in health care."
A visionary physician predicts a technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care. Read full book review >
THE HEALER by Beny J. Primm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An interesting, informative firsthand account of how medicine and government grappled with two plagues that reshaped society."
One of America's leading experts on addiction battles drugs, HIV, and racism in this absorbing memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >